Cooking Schools

Sydney Seafood School
Simon Johnson - Talk Eat Drink
The Olive & the Grape
He Cooks
Food Stuff
Cucina Italiana
The Unlimited Cuisine Company
On The Vine Cooking School
Duck Under The Table  
Urban Graze
Pomodoro Italian Cooking School
Healthy Soy Cooking


Sydney Seafood School - Roberta Muir

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Since 1989 the Sydney Seafood School has pursued its mission of showing Sydney-siders just how easy it is to prepare a wide variety of seafood species at home.

The School is now widely regarded as one of the country’s leading cooking schools with over 11,000 guests a year attending classes.  From a prime directive of creating a demand for the more unusual varieties of seafood, the school has moved into teaching local, interstate and overseas “foodies” (a term coined in the 1980s) how to cook a huge variety of cuisines.  While seafood is still its raison d’ętre, there’s no longer any need to convince most people to try cooking with mussels, octopus or crabs, in fact abalone, sashimi, pipis and sea-snails don’t daunt many of the food-savvy clientele who now fill classes most weekday evenings and weekends.  Asian flavours are popular, with a class beginning in the Thai shops of Chinatown among the most popular.  Leading Australian chefs teach classes, including expats now running successful London ventures such as David Thompson from Nahm and Christine Manfield from East@West.  Cheong Liew, Damien Pignolet, Neil Perry, Matthew Moran and Peter Doyle have all been spotted presenting their unique takes on Australian cuisine at one time or another on the School’s extensive program.

All classes commence with a demonstration of the dish or dishes to be prepared.  As anyone who’s ever watched an expert in the kitchen knows: how easy it looks in skilled hands is one thing, but recreating it later in your own kitchen is quite another.  And this is where the Seafood School is unique…after the demonstration, guests roll up their sleeves, don an apron and, in groups of five, recreate the dishes they’ve seen demonstrated.  Under the watchful eye of the demonstrator and assistants, each guest helps create a meal of which they, rightly, feel quite proud.  Then of course (most people’s favourite part), everyone sits down to their seafood feast with a complimentary wine tasting. 

The Seafood School conducts a wide range of classes for all degrees of competency from a four-session course in seafood basics to the more complex weekend workshops with leading chefs.  A vast array of cuisines and cooking styles are covered, including the School’s most popular class, Seafood BBQ, which is often scheduled three or four times a month to keep up with demand! 

…and for the hard-to-shop-for friend or relative, a gift certificate to the Sydney Seafood School can solve many gift giving worries. 

Current Program
For more information contact -
Roberta Muir
Sydney Seafood School
Sydney Fish Market Pty Limited
Phone +61 2 9004 1111 Fax +61 2 9004 1144

E-Mail Roberta Muir for more info: 
Or visit the Sydney Fish Market Website


Simon Johnson - Talk Eat Drink

Visit Simon Johnson's Pyrmont demonstration kitchen for the latest lineup of great chefs and sensational wines to match. The class fee of $ 85.00 (incl. GST) includes the cookery demonstration, recipes to take home, a tasting of the dishes prepared, and a tasting of the matched wines.
Classes held at:  Simon Johnson, Purveyor of Quality Foods,
181 Harris Street
Pyrmont 2009
For more information call: 02 9552 2522
or e-mail Sara
Visit Simon Johnson's Website.

Current Program


Chefs Head
Accoutrement Cooking School and Epicurean, situated  in the Sydney suburb of Mosman has a regular program of cooking classes with celebrity chefs and cookbook authors.
Cooking School Phone/Fax: – 02)9969 7929

611 Military Road
Mosman NSW 2088
Tel: 02 9969 1031

Accoutrement's Website .
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The Olive & The Grape

The Olive & The Grape, has teamed up with a boutique Hunter Valley winery to create a thoroughly enjoyable gourmet experience full of food, wine and merriment! Every Saturday afternoon (and by appointment for groups during the week), they are holding classes at the winery where participants learn the traditional art of making fresh pasta, while they sip premium Hunter wine, sample local and regional olive oils, enjoy spectacular vistas of vineyards, and then feast on the fruits of their labour!

Contact Tel: 02 9662 3975
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He Cooks
Traditional  gender stereotypes have resulted in many men never experiencing  the creative, social and health benefits of cooking for themselves. He Cooks has been created  to introduce men to the joys and practicalities of cooking, through a series of flexible and informal classes.
Tel: 02 9326 6530

Have a look at: He Cooks for contact information and bookings.

Food Stuff


Food Stuff in Mona Vale offers cooking classes in their demonstration kitchen, which  emulates a domestic kitchen, not a professional one,  so you can replicate methods of cooking and techniques at home in your own kitchen.
Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. 

Food Stuff
9/11 Bungan Street
Mona Vale 2103
Tel: 02 9999 3033

For more information and a look at the current program:  Food Stuff Website


Traditional Italian Cooking School -  Cucina Italiana


Luciana Sampogna runs Cucina Italiana, an inspiring cooking school in Annandale specialising in traditional Italian home cooking with a big emphasis on fresh pasta.
The classes take place in an Italian Villa where students can relax in the back garden under a near-century-old grape vine  (brought from Italy) and dine under the 'piano nobili' ceiling in the old living room. The working area has been built with special wooden workbenches to make pasta and ensure your success at home.
All classes are hands on.  Then of course everyone sits down to a full Italian meal with complimentary wine tasting. 

For more information contact:
Luciana Sampogna
Cucina Italiana Cooking School
84 Johnston Street, Annandale 2038
Phone +61 2 8021 2699 Fax +61 2 8212 8065

Class Schedules



On the Vine Cooking School
The ‘On The Vine’ Cooking School is held in the De Bortoli Restaurant overlooking the vines of the Yarra Valley. After each class a wonderful lunch is shared, including the dishes that have just been covered in the class, all married to De Bortoli wines. 

On the Vine Cooking School
58 Pinnacle Lane
Dixons Creek (1 hour from Melbourne )

Bookings & inquiries Niki (03) 5965 2271

Class Schedules



An invitation to Tony Tan's for a meal is something to be eagerly anticipated. His cooking is savoury, masterly and absolutely mouth-watering

Download Cooking Class Schedule for 2004

Tony Tan's Website

Duck Under The Table

Duck Under the Table is located at Wingham, an authentic country town on the NSW Mid North Coast, 3 ˝ hours north of Sydney. Consider over-nighting or a longer break in this beautiful area:.
Duck Under the Table is about the enjoyment of cooking – learning new skills , tips and chefs’ secrets. Classes are held in our modern purpose-built school and typically involve both demonstration and hands-on activities. Class sizes are small and participants usually work in groups of 4. Why not organize a group of friends and come along together !

Duck Under the Table offers a wide variety of classes to suit everyone, weekdays, evenings and weekends: please see our SCHEDULE page. Special classes for private groups, community organisations and corporate groups can also be arranged.
Visit Duck Under the Table's Website

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Joel Owen and Tarrah Laidman run the Urban Graze Cooking School located at Kellyville
Check out their cooking classes, home barrista and Cheese Room
Go to their website for details!

Joel Owen & Tarrah Laidman
6 Patterson Ave, Kellyville NSW 2155
t 9862 3042 m 0434 253 470
e-mail Urban Graze


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Greekalicious Traditional and Modern Greek Cooking Classes
Greekalicious offers an introduction to traditional and Modern Greek cookery, the secret ingredients, the stories, the journeys, the culture and the history behind each dish. Food is one of the most intimate ways to delight the senses, escape the everyday and bring far away places alive.

Class Schedules
e-mail Greekalicious
Greekalicious Website

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Maria Benardis runs the Greekalicious cooking classes in Paddington.
Tel.: 02 9331 0734


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Silvia Guccione runs the Pomodoro Italian Cooking School in Melbourne
In her own words: "Allow me to inspire you to cook fantastic home-style Italian cuisine passed down from one generation to the next. Located in Bayside, Melbourne, I will share with you the Italian lifestyle of simple pleasures, the goodness of fresh produce, and a social and relaxing atmosphere."
Tel.: 03 8503 7338
Visit her website
E-mail Silvia




Healthy Soy Cooking

Something different, something healthy, something to enjoy, Yoshiko would love to share these amazingly versatile soy dishes with you.

Have a look at her website Healthy Soy Cooking

You can contact Yoshiko Takeuchi on 0404 266 860

Or e-mail


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